Past to the future
Roping in past cricketers, to help the present and future generations, is one of the things Cricket Australia does very well. Here is an early indication of the BCCI's -- okay, the new BCCI's -- efforts in that direction.
Long before the BCCI elections were due, the Sharad Pawar camp had promised that once they came to power, an elite band of dynamic Test cricketers from the past, and not ordinary office-bearers, would run the country’s cricket administration.
Well, with the new ruling body’s first working committee meeting coming up this Sunday in Mumbai, the BCCI bosses will finalise their plan of forming a special panel of past cricketers who would run the show. The high-powered committee is likely to comprise Indian cricket heavyweights Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Dilip Vengsarkar, and many more.
That apart, the BCCI will also discuss installing full-fledged indoor facilities in as many as five Test centres, the source said. According to the plan, Pawar, IS Bindra, Raj Singh Dungarpur, Lalit Modi and Co will discuss a two-year plan aimed at setting up these state-of-the-art indoor stadiums. Already, the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai has been earmarked for a proper indoor cricket set-up.
“The Board’s plan is to ensure that cricket is played throughout the year, irrespective of the climate, and anytime of the day. That’s why the focus will be on building indoor structures. After all, there’s no point in letting the Test centres do nothing and sit with the funds. The money should be utilised for infrastructure,” the Board source explained.
Another crucial focus of the Pawar-led adminsitration is fitness. And it was learnt that the BCCI will devise a move to bring in a number of foreign trainers for duty all across the country. “Right now, only the Indian team has a foreign trainer. With fitness as the focus, the BCCI is planning to invite three to four trainers from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.